Childs Play #3: Toy Handplane Build #3.... Frogs and Totes Oh My!

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 12-02-2014 03:21 AM 2016 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have taken some long over due time off of work this week and am taking advantage of it as much as I can. Today I got busy on the frog, receiving plate and lever cap. Last week I had already finished adding the knob/tote screw posts and cut out and drilled the tote for this guy.

Dug out a chunk of aluminum and started cutting… I REALLY need to consider a metal band saw lol…

And with that done I had the “machined” base for the frog. Next was to cut some 1/4” thick aluminum for the frog face and receiving plate.

Drilled and tapped the plate before permanently affixing it to the plane..

This time around I decided to use a strong 2 part epoxy to put these together with. The thickness of the aluminum would make brazing problematic with my little propane torch.

Then while those were curing I started cutting and shaping the lever cap out of a chunk of 1/2” aluminum and my belt sander. At the end of the day I had a respectable looking lever cap that just needs some finish sanding and a “Logo” of some sort.

Next to a #2 lever cap for size..

And this is how the plane sits now..

Tomorrow I hope to get the frog shaped up and a “blade” and chip breaker cut and possibly finish shaping the tote. I need to get paint on this by the end of the week if I hope to have any of this done for Christmas. Stay tuned!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 01:49 PM

This is impressive. Toy mitre saw is next, I presume?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 01:55 PM

You have many talents…good work!!!
and you are a good father too!!!

-- Putty

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 02:41 PM

Very impressive work, Eric. Especially considering you don’t have power tools to cut the Aluminum!

The lever cap looks great!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 02:44 PM

Wow, impressive metal working skills man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 04:31 PM

This is impressive. Toy mitre saw is next, I presume?

- ToddJB

Oh good lord no! This is about as complex as I have time for lol. The rest of the till will be simple stuff like pretend chisels and such.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#6 posted 12-02-2014 06:03 PM

Amazing work Eric.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 05:16 AM


These tools are sure to be passed on to grandson, great grandson, and on and on. Who knows, maybe even a female offspring will inherit them! This one is really a perfect “pretend” tool. Your son will love it!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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